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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Sodiq Adeojo, 20, was part of a group from Brixton's GAS Gang who chased Sylvester Akapalara and two friends.


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The victim, 17 - a promising 400-metre runner with Herne Hill Harriers - was hit in the neck by a bullet near the top of a Peckham tower block.
The other boys, 17, were chased to the ground floor. Their exit was blocked and they were stabbed by Adeojo as they tried to force their way out.
After the killing the gang put out leaflets warning witnesses not to "snitch" on the murderers. But Adeojo was convicted of murder after an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey.
His brother Qudus, 18, and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were cleared of their part in the killing.
A fourth alleged gang member, David Nyamupfukudza, 18, may be re-tried after jurors failed to agree a verdict.
The court heard that Sylvester and his friends loitered at the top of eight-storey Heron House, on the Pelican estate, "rather longer than was sensible for their own good" on December 29, 2010. Their attackers claimed they were looking for the rival GMG Gang.
Some, including the gunman, took a lift to the top while others waited at a ground-floor entrance. Prosecutor Duncan Penny said: "In minutes the three were being hunted down by a group of youths, each intent on violence."
The trio fled downstairs but Sylvester was shot as he reached the fifth floor and then collapsed on the level below.
Adeojo demanded that the gunman shoot the other two boys - but the weapon jammed. He then attacked them before they managed to escape.
Both were treated in hospital for stab wounds.
"Each was lucky to survive," said Mr Penny.
Adeojo, of Peckham, was convicted of murder, two counts of attempted murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and having an offensive weapon.
Judge Timothy Pontious said: "Sylvester was an athlete of remarkable ability. He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It seems he was just one of the many victims targeted in the last few years in mindless and appalling violence simply because of their membership or presumed membership of opposing gangs."
Nigerian Sylvester, from Streatham, attended Richmond College. Natalie Williams, daughter of his foster mother, said his death was "a massive loss".:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder


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